Becoming a Practitioner
How to Become Registered to Practice Before the USPTO in Patent Matters
All individuals seeking registration must meet the requirements of 37 CFR §11.7, including the possession of legal, scientific and technical qualifications, and good moral character and reputation. Instructions for demonstrating possession of the necessary qualifications can be found in the General Requirements Bulletin. The possession of legal qualifications is ascertained by passing the Registration Exam. Former USPTO employees may be eligible for waiver of the registration examination. Click here for more information.
The Registration Examination
Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases was updated April 2, 2013 to Include New Provisions from the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
The United States Patent and Trademark Office updated the content of the registration examination on April 2, 2013. The current examination (given April 2, 2013 through January 21, 2014) includes provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that took effect March 16, 2013. Specifically, the current examination additionally covers the following topics: Derivation Proceedings and First-Inventor-to-File. For further information concerning AIA, please refer to the AIA Implementation website.
For more information about the Registration Exam, including source materials, updates, and fees, click here.
Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents can be registered to practice law in patent matters before the Office. 37 CFR §§ 11.6(a) and (b). It has been the long standing practice of the Office to grant limited recognition under 37 CFR § 11.9(b) to nonimmigrant aliens who demonstrate that they are authorized to be employed or trained by a specific employer in the capacity of preparing and prosecuting patent applications. For more information and forms regarding Limited Recognition, click here.